A New Year's Sailing: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Cruise a holic

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A New Year's Sailing

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We sailed on our first two week cruise. It was a wonderful experience. We boarded the ship efficiently. Since we are Elite members, we had priority boarding. Having sailed on the Solstice and Equinox previously, the ship is exactly the same. We were very comfortable with the easy ship layout. The public spaces are on three decks, so easy to navigate.

We boarded the ship and were handed the usual champagne toast. You could also have a mimosa, wine or juice. After boarding, we proceed to Bistro on Five for a delightful and peaceful lunch. No crowds as at the oceanview cafe. At about 1:00 PM our stateroom was ready. A few "niggles" regarding the cabin. Since this was a two week cruise, not much storage. I think that Celebrity should consider modifying the cabins. If they put the flat panel TV on brackets on the wall, that can adjust, they can use the current TV space for drawers and shelves. The TV could also have a screen that is a picture display when it isn't used. Also, each More cabin has a fridge, that most people do not use. Celebrity could bring those guest who need a fridge for medication or formula a fridge and the space could become a cabinet- Just suggestions. We did manage as we put many of items in the cabinet above the bed and hung most everything else. Some passengers who are short found the above cabinets not very useful.

Our cabin attendant, Brian was great.

We fortunately purchased the non-alcoholic beverage package and it was very worthwhile. The coffee around the ship tasted like mud-so we were able to enjoy freshly made cappuccino, espresso, latte and wonderful teas. You could also get excellent regular or decaf coffee and tea. In addition to the coffee and tea's, we also could get bottled water, fresh squeezed OJ and canned soda.

The food at all of the venues was very good- to excellent especially the Tuscan Grill. The entertainment was fair- but entertainment isn't celebrities strength. We loved all of the Elite Perks. Celebrity has the best perks of all of the cruise lines. We also get reciprocity on Royal Caribbean. We really enjoyed the adult pool area and aqua spa cafe. The shops on the ship were okay. Same as the other Celebrity Solstice class ships. The ship has a corning glass blowing show on the upper deck. We have seen the show on other ships and found it to be to long and the bench type seating horrible and not comfortable- so we didn't go. We also found the photography staff to be very good and friendly.

The ports of call were also very interesting. Having been to most of the Island's many times, our favorites on this cruise was our day in Labadee at the beach. We also loved Bonaire and Curacao. The staff was excellent. All employees were very friendly and seemed to enjoy working on the ship. The Sr. officers weren't as friendly as the general staff.

Our fellow cruisers were really nice people. Most who we talked to had previously cruised on Celebrity.

Overall, we had a wonderful vacation. We have booked three more celebrity cruises in the next 12 months and look forward to enjoying them as well. Less

Published 01/18/13

Cabin review: A11552 AquaClass

Cabin 1552- Great cabin. Oversized balcony. Quiet. I recommend this cabin . Cabin 1554 has a window washing ladder parked in front of the balcony. But didn't impact us. The oversized covered balcony was worth any minor obstruction. Cabin not far from elevators.

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